If you graduated from Hotchkiss High School in the 1970s, this is for you. The all-HHS 1970s class reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Zack's BBQ pavillion.
On Tuesday, June 11, the first ever James H. Thomas Memorial Scholarship - Outstanding Wrestler Award went to 2019 Hotchkiss High School graduate Sergio Campos.
Thomas passed away on March 15, 2019.
Senior scholarship and academic award recipients at Hotchkiss High School include:
Seven Hotchkiss Bulldog players received recognition for their performances this season on the baseball diamond.
Senior pitcher/outfielder Presley Pene was named to the all-state First Team by the Colorado High School Activities Association, infielder/pitcher Jamison Yanish was named all-state second team, and infielder/pitcher Marvin Guereque received all-state honorable mention.
The Hotchkiss girls 800m sprint medley team.
Bulldogs ace pitcher Presley Pene signed to play for Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely.
If ever a room seems too small to contain the emotions within, an auditorium packed full of graduating seniors, their parents, families, teachers and friends, would be such a room. The parents relive the 13 years that led to this evening and the students look forward to a whole new chapter in their lives.
Hotchkiss High School senior Carson Michele Collins, daughter of Amy and Brian Collins, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. She is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and pursue a major in English with an emphasis in pre-law.
Hotchkiss High School senior Jesus Macias, son of Flor and Jesus Macias, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. He is planning to attend the Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and pursue a degree in a pre-medical field.
When Kaiya Firor made the decision her sophomore year to run track at Hotchkiss High School, she went all in, setting her sights on winning the 400-meter dash.
On Saturday, Firor topped that goal at the Colorado State Track and Field Meet at Jefferson County Stadium, winning the Class 2A 100-meter high hurdles, 300m hurdles and 400m dash.
In the 110-meter high hurdles junior Jace Peebles won silver with a time of 15.97 seconds. "My start was really good and I was able to get to that first hurdle with enough speed to just carry me all the way through," said Peebles, who was ranked eighth going into the meet and finished sixth in preliminaries with a personal best time of 16.83 seconds.
It was an upset in every sense of the word. The Hotchkiss Bulldogs lost to 15th-seeded Fowler, 12-2, in their opening game of the 2A regional baseball tournament Saturday at Runyon Complex in Pueblo. At 18-2, the Bulldogs were in second place in Class 2A state RPI rankings.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs overcame a grand slam and a tough Dolores defense Saturday to win the 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament. They head into this week's state baseball playoff regional bracket with an 18-1 record and in second place in state standings.
At Saturday's Cardinal Invitational meet at Grand Valley High School, North Fork track teams took one last shot at improving times and qualifying for this week's Colorado State Track and Field Championships. The meet runs this Thursday-Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
The 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament opens this Thursday with two elimination games.
Hotchkiss (16-1) is in first place in 2A District 3/5 standings.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs swept a doubleheader in 10 innings Thursday against Sargent, 20-1, 16-1.
In game one, the Bulldogs scored 20 runs on 10 hits.
Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor just keeps on winning.
At the Class 2A/1A Western Slope/San Juan league track meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction, Firor won all-conference first-team in the 200m dash with a time of 26.09 seconds, and in the 300m hurdles in 44.57.
The Hotchkiss girls scored 42 points to place seventh Friday at the 17-team Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School.
Senior Kaiya Firor won two individual events.
For the second consecutive season, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs will claim the 2A District 3/5 title by virtue of a conference win over rival Paonia.
Played last Thursday in the first game of a two-game series, the Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 8-1 win.
Last Friday's wins at Dove Creek and Nucla boosted the Hotchkiss Bulldogs baseball team to a 12-1 record and into ninth place in state RPI rankings.
The Bulldogs are on a 10-game winning streak after decisive non-conference games last Friday at Nucla and Dove Creek.
Last Friday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet attracted 26 mostly 2A and 3A teams, including Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia, and about 800 student-athletes. The weather was perfect, and the day saw several meet, personal and school records fall.
It's every baseball player's dream, but for one Hotchkiss High School senior, a grand slam became very real last Saturday.
In game one of the two-game series against Meeker, Jamison Yanish opened on the mound.
The Hotchkiss girls won five events and scored 47 points to place third at the Delta Twilight meet.
Freshman Karlie Egging won the 3200-meter run in a PR of 13:16.20; Kaiya Firor broke her 2018 meet record in both hurdle events, winning the 300m hurdles in 45.61 seconds and the 100m hurdles in 16.89 seconds.
Delta High School hosted the Delta Invitational track meet, including Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Olathe on April 11. Both the boys and girls teams won their respective divisions with Cedaredge finishing second, Hotchkiss third, Paonia fourth and Olathe fifth.
The bleachers filled on Friday night, April 12, in the gym at the Hotchkiss High School. Family and classmates were on hand to support the varsity cheerleaders and dance team.
All ages crowded the grounds outside of the Hotchkiss K-8 school Friday afternoon, April 5, from babies in strollers, toddlers trying out their wobbly steps on the grass, grade-school kids checking out the booths with their friends, and parents and grandparents trying to keep up with their charges. The weather was cooperatively early-spring warm (until the sun hid behind the late afternoon clouds).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are on a five-game winning streak after winning four straight games last week.
On April 2 the Bulldogs defeated Olathe, 10-0, in five innings.
Cedaredge's baseball team was busy last week with four games. The Bruins hosted Hotchkiss (2A District 3/5; 3-0, 7-1) on April 3 with the Bulldogs scoring a 14-3 win.
Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor was at it again last weekend in Cedaredge. The stellar athlete had a hand in four first-place finishes for the Bulldogs which scored 69 points to finish third in the team race at the Cedaredge Invitational last Saturday.
In their first week on the diamond the Bulldogs split conference games Saturday, opening the day with an 8-4 conference loss to Dolores (4-3).
Presley Pene threw six walks and 10 Ks in 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and five runs. Marvin Guereque pitched one inning, allowing one hit and one earned run.
After breaking the Delta Panther meet record in the 200-meter dash a week earlier, Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor had another record-breaking day Saturday at the 19th annual Hotchkiss Invitational.
In the 300-meter hurdles event, Firor did more than win.
It's early in the season, and the weather has kept North Fork athletes indoors due to muddy fields and safety concerns. But the Hotchkiss baseball team was ready when it opened the season on March 18 with a 7-0 win over Basalt.
The Hotchkiss boys track team finished with 25 points and in a three-way tie for ninth place at the 17-team meet.
Out of 44 runners, sophomore Robert Cochran placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.85.
Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor started the track season off with a record performance at the Delta Panther Invitational track meet. Firor, who set the meet record in the 400m dash as a junior, won the 200-meter dash, breaking both a personal and 2010 meet record with a time of 25.85 seconds.
Paonia's Eagles entered the Region 7 2A tournament as a No. 23 seed. No. 7 Simla hosted region 7 play with No. 26 Telluride and No. 10 Byers in the field.
Hotchkiss qualified eight wrestlers for the 83rd annual Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Championships. Senior Sergio Campos made it all the way to the championship match, where he was runner up at 132 pounds.
You must go back to the 2012-13 basketball season to note a winning record for the Hotchkiss girls basketball team. Josh Kaspar had the Bulldogs rolling with a 6-3 league record and 14-9 overall.
Hotchkiss High School's boys basketball team ended its season on a loss in the 2A District 5 tournament in De Beque.
The Bulldogs worked their way into the tournament with a play-in game against Hayden Feb. 18 on a 68-43 win.
Hotchkiss qualified eight wrestlers for this week's state championships in Denver. The Bulldogs scored 183 points to place second at the 15-team tournament.
Hotchkiss High School senior Kaiya Firor signed her letter of intent to compete for the Western Colorado University Mountaineers women's track team.
Firor is an eight-time state medalist.
Regulation basketball season has ended and district playoffs are underway. But before the season could end, Paonia and Hotchkiss met on the court for a final conference game.
Hotchkiss opened the wrestling season with a few injuries that resulted in some of its top wrestlers coming into the season as late as January. But that's in the past.
After splitting games last week, the Hotchkiss girls basketball team is 12-5 overall and 6-4 in 2A District 5 standings. Those numbers are good for third place.
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Hotchkiss placed 10 wrestlers and scored 169 points to place second at the 22-team Valley Classic wrestling tournament at Center High School. Piedra Vista High School (Farmington, N.M.) won the Valley Classic crown with 181 points.
Bulldogs Landen Mayberry (113), Presley Pene (126), Sergio Campos (132) and Jace Peebles (160), all won silver at Center.
The Hotchkiss girls have a win-loss record of 11-4 and a 2A/1A Western Slope League record of 5-3 following two conference losses. On Friday, the Bulldogs lost to Soroco, 50-42.
Hotchkiss placed seven wrestlers and scored 127 points to tie with Meeker for fourth place at the 32nd annual Screaming Eagle wrestling tournament at Paonia High School.
One of four Bulldog wrestlers to compete in the first-place match, senior Landen Mayberry was seeded third in the 113-pound bracket and placed second on a loss to top-seeded senior Chris McKenna (26-4) of John Mall.
The Hotchkiss girls upped their overall record to 11-2 Saturday on a 58-43 conference win over visiting Rangely.
Carson Collins scored 26 points, marking a game and season high for the senior and nearing her career-high 29 points scored against Caprock Academy in her sophomore year.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs upped their conference win-loss record to 4-3 Saturday on a convincing 55-43 win over Rangely.
Senior Jacob Stucker scored 17 points in the win.
Take away the forfeits and Hotchkiss and Cedaredge were well-matched in last Thursday annual wrestling dual. The dual opened at 138 pounds, with Traycer Hall winning by major decision (11-1) over AJ Robidoux of Cedaredge.
The Hotchkiss girls upped their win-loss record to 10-2 last Friday with a 57-32 conference win over Vail Christian.
While they played well on both sides of the ball, head coach Haillie Taylor credits the defense for the win.
Despite out-shooting their opponents in two quarters and scoring 21 points from the three line, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs came up short Friday in their 69-58 conference loss to the Vail Christian Saints.
A strong first-half gave the Saints a 32-20 halftime lead.
The Hotchkiss girls are well on their way to their first winning record since the 2013-2014 season after winning straight conference games last week. The Bulldogs stretched their league record to 3-1, their winning streak to four games, and their overall win-loss record to 9-2.
Hotchkiss' girls basketball team has gained respect after getting off to a 6-2 start in the 2A District 5 League standings. The Bulldogs' two losses were against the top-seeded 1A team in the state, De Beque, and 3A Delta, which is fourth in RPI rankings and ninth among Class 3A teams.
The third annual First Colorado National Bank tournament title concluded Dec. 22. Delta won titles in both the girls and boys divisions with Hotchkiss claiming consolation honors in the girls division and Cedaredge in the boys.
The first time Delta and Hotchkiss faced each other this season was in a scrimmage session earlier in the year. The Panthers enjoyed a good outing while the Bulldogs struggled to find its offense and consistency on defense.
The Hotchkiss girls played a close game but came up short in their recent 51-46 loss to De Beque. The Dragons opened the first quarter with a 17-8 lead.
The first game of the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament for the Hotchkiss and Delta girls started slowly. The Panthers were 0-for-7 from the free throw line but owned a 6-4 lead after one quarter of action.
Hotchkiss High School's visit to Delta last Thursday, Dec. 20, was a battle of attrition. Delta was the winner of forfeits with four of six no-contests going to the Panthers.
No one ever expects it to be easy, and last weekend's 42nd annual Warrior Classic wrestling tournament at Central High School in Grand Junction was no exception. Out of 386 competitors, 10 Delta County and Olathe wrestlers advanced to the championship round. Of them, only one Warrior champion emerged.
This past week featured a foundation game between Hotchkiss and Ouray. The contest is a new event fostered by CHSAA this year which is like a scrimmage game which does not count on either opponent's record, where scores are kept, officials are paid and all proceeds go to a charitable organization. Hotchkiss chose to donate its gate money to cancer research.
Hotchkiss scored 104 points to finish eighth out of 13 teams at the Panther Invitational.
At 170, junior Jace Peebles was runner-up.
Hotchkiss extended its early-season dual record to 4-2 Friday on a 42-35 win over Moffat County.
The Bulldogs won three matches by pin, including Landen Mayberry (113-pounder) over Hunter Fredrickson in 3:58; Presley Pene (132-pounder) over Isiaih Herod in 4:56, and Teagan Sommers (195) over Daniel Cruz in 2:39.
For the third consecutive year, the Cedaredge Bruins won the team title at the annual Delta Panther Invitational wrestling tournament.
The Bruins won four championships. At 126, sophomore Trey Geyer (8-1) had three pins for the day, winning the title match by fall (3:31) over Delta's Ben Koch (6-2).
A visit from Telluride's Miners Dec. 6 had a pleasant ending for Hotchkiss High School's girls basketball team and not so pleasant for the Bulldogs boys.
Senior Carson Collins was a force in the middle of Telluride's defense as she sifted the ball through the nets for a game-high 20 points to lead Hotchkiss to a 44-9 romp.
The Hotchkiss girls basketball team is off to a good start, handily winning its first three games of the season.
The Bulldogs opened the season at home Thursday with a 53-15 win over Nucla, and on Friday held the Ridgway Demons scoreless in the first period and to single digits in three periods for a 44-23 win at the annual Norwood Shootout.
Hotchkiss head wrestling coach Richard Flores expects between 15-18 wrestlers to be certified for the season.
Five state qualifiers return to the mat this season: seniors Presley Pene, 132, and Sergio Campos, 138; junior Jace Peebles, 170; and sophomores Traycer Hall, 145, and Robert Cochran, 126.
Three Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned Class 1A Western Slope All-Conference football honors for 2018, and two were named to the All-Conference first team.
In nine games, junior running back Jace Peebles rushed for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns in 136 carries, 278 yards on kick returns, and 81 yards on punt returns for a total 1,440 all-purpose yards.
Hotchkiss senior volleyball player Carson Collins was named to the 2A/1A Western Slope League all-conference team for 2018. Collins, a middle blocker/hitter, was ranked second in the conference in blocks with 136 -- 67 solo and 69 assists, third in the conference in hitting with 174 kills in 385 attacks, and sixth in kills.
Hotchkiss opened the season at home with a 69-19 win over Nucla. With a three-point buzzer shot by Will Scarlett to end the half, the Bulldogs held a comfortable 41-11 lead.
Delta County schools recently completed successful fall sports programs. The winter sports season is underway with schools preparing for their separate opening day schedules which are set to begin as soon as this weekend for some schools.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs ended the conference season with a 40-7 loss to the top-ranked Meeker Cowboys Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. Junior Jace Peebles had 16 carries for 74 yards and one fourth-quarter touchdown and Jacob Palecki made three receptions for 52 yards.
Karlie Egging will represent Hotchkiss High School this Saturday at the Class 2A State Cross Country Championships at Colorado Springs after finishing ninth at the 2A Region 4 meet in Delta Friday.
Egging's time of 21 minutes, 3.21 seconds was also her best time of the 2018 cross country season for the Bulldogs team.
In its final home game of the season, the Hotchkiss volleyball team played to a 3-0 non-conference loss against Cedaredge. The Bulldogs had momentum early in the games, but the tenacious 16-2 Bruins easily swept the match, 25-16, 25-15, 25-10.
A near-perfect night for football was executed well for the Cedarege Bruins but was not so favorable for host Hotchkiss High School.
The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff and were forced to punt the ball away after just three plays and four yards to their credit.
Hotchkiss High School has had its difficulties getting its volleyball program back on track this season and last week's three-set loss to 2A/1A WSL second-place Vail Mountain dealt another blow to the Bulldogs' season.
The Gore Rangers are currently sitting in second place in 2A WSL standings at 11-1 in league play and 15-3 overall.
With the top 15 finishers at this Friday's 2A Region 4 cross country meet advancing to the state championship meet on Oct. 27, Karlie Egging and Tevin Keller each have a strong chance of making the cut.
One of two Hotchkiss runners from Cedaredge, Keller has consistently improved on his times throughout the season.
Friday night Oct. 12 at Olathe High School was the soggy scene for varsity football. The Pirates contest against the Hotchkiss Bulldogs was highlighted by an extremely saturated field.
Homecoming football was played in Hotchkiss on Friday, October 5 against the Grand Valley Cardinals. The Bulldogs were beaten in a game that was largely defined by the rainy weather.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team dropped to 4-11 overall this week on losses to Soroco and North Park.
On Friday, Oct. 5, Hotchkiss took Soroco to five games but fell short in a 3-2, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 10-15 conference loss.
It's Homecoming week at Hotchkiss High School -- a time for students to show their school spirit through dress-up days, class games, and athletic competitions.
Monday was Tourist Day, and Tuesday was Athlete Day.
The Paonia Eagles dominated both sides of the football Friday night to defeat the visiting Hotchkiss Bulldogs, 41-0.
Senior Jesse Burns rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns in 11 carries in the conference win.
The Paonia volleyball team won its conference game against Hotchkiss on Friday, Sept. 28, 25-13, 25-18, 25-18. Poppy Lightfoot led in kills with nine, and Jessica Deaton had eight kills.
Katya Schwieterman cruised to her second cross country meet win of the season, finishing 20 seconds ahead of her closest competitor to win the Delta Sweitzer meet, running a season-best time of 20 minutes, 40.8 seconds.
The Eagles had three top-10 finishes and set six personal- or season-best records.
Turnovers proved costly for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs as they traveled to Steamboat Springs Friday night. The loss puts them at 3-2 going into the big rivalry game against Paonia this Friday.
Delta celebrated a 3-0, 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 win against Hotchkiss Thursday night, Sept. 20. While they were favored to win, they were also trying out a new rotation.
Paonia senior Ethan Bartlett broke the 17-minute barrier to place fifth Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Anna Banana Invitational cross-country race at Snooks Bottom in Fruita.
Bartlett's time of 16 minutes, 52.55 seconds also broke the 2013 school record of 17:08.68 set by Jason Sturgis at the 2A Region 4 meet in Delta.
Jace Peebles ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns in 18 carries and Yahir Chavez ran for two TDs and 73 yards in seven carries in the Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 35-14 win against the Gunnison junior varsity squad Friday night at Gunnison High School. Gunnison did not field a varsity team this season.
A 3-1, 24-26, 18-25, 25-22, 11-25 loss at Plateau Valley gives the Hotchkiss volleyball team a 5-4 overall and a 1-3 conference record.
Led by Lupita Garcia's 16th place time of 22 minutes, 30.99 seconds, the Olathe girls placed fifth overall Saturday at the 21-team Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational cross country meet at Gunnison.
Angela Alcaraz placed 29th in 23:58.08 and and Jaden Valdez 30th in 23:59.3, respectively; Cheyanne Germann placed 48th, Bailey Harris was 78th, and freshman Raquel Lovato finished 92nd for the Pirates.
Paonia senior cross country runner Ethan Bartlett continues to shatter his own records. Bartlett took second Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational, behind Montrose junior Sean Graff.
Tevin Keller led the Hotchkiss boys at the team's home invitational meet Saturday. Keller placed 17th with a time of 21:10.08.
A near-packed house enjoyed an absolutely beautiful evening for football last Friday. The Hotchkiss Bulldogs were bidding for a second straight win in the 2018 football season against the visiting Coal Ridge Titans.
The only prep cross country race run in the North Fork Valley is on Saturday, Sept. 8. Races start at 9 a.m. with the middle school girls' division, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the middle school boys.
At Saturday's Fall Classic tournament at Rangley High School, the Bulldogs volleyball team defeated 4A Rifle, 22-25, 26-24, 15-8.
Against 2A Telluride (4-3, San Juan Basin League), Hotchkiss was defeated, 2-0 (25-15, 25-17).
Friday night lights set the stage for an impressive victory by the Bulldogs over returning state tournament participants Clear Creek's Golddiggers.
Clear Creek just edged Hotchkiss for a state tournament berth in the 2017 season, so the Bulldogs' win meant all the more to the team and fans.
The Bulldogs list 32 players on the preseason football roster, among them, seniors Kaiya Firor and Elysah Shaw. Firor, who was 19-for-22 in PATs her junior year, will kick and play at wide receiver and cornerback. A transfer from Louisiana, Shaw will play both offensive and defensive lines.
After a successful 2017 season that included a regional championship and a third-place showing at state, the Hotchkiss High School spirit team is back.
Spirit is one of nine fall sports sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Hotchkiss cross country coach Kelly Cowan is fielding a small team of cross country runners this season, each one a quality athlete and student.
Running for the girls team are senior Mariah Griffith, junior Grace Hatheway, sophomore Adair Ela and freshman Karlie Egging.
Hotchkiss head volleyball coach Peter Nethington understands that his players attend a small school of 200 students (officially 197) in rural western Colorado. "The chance that one of these players will go on to be an elite athlete is pretty small," said Nethington.
A teacher, coach and administrator who has been with the school district for eight years is taking the leadership role at Hotchkiss High School. HHS principal Paul Rodriguez resigned the position for medical reasons, but remains supportive of the Bulldog community and Marty Rover, the new principal.
The Bulldog Booster Club will sell Mountain Fresh Sweet Corn this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, in Hotchkiss.
Mountain Fresh owner Mike Ahlberg is donating the corn, which he and sons Seth and Zach have grown since 2000.
The Hotchkiss High School Alumni Fund is a supporter of all Hotchkiss schools. At the end of this school year, the following awards were given:
Four Hotchkiss Bulldog baseball players were named all-state players by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Jonathan Gonzalez received All-State First Team honors.
Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor was named Class 2A co-Athlete of the Year by the CHSAA. Firor repeated her 2017 performance, winning the 400-meter dash and 300m hurdles.
All through high school, Sam Rodriguez dreamed of playing college basketball. As a senior point guard he averaged 11.3 points per game for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs and was named All-State honorable mention.
In an "It's a small world" story, two former high school running mates found themselves on the same track once again. Hotchkiss High School alumnae and former running teammates Katy Parsons and Jenny Celis competed against one another at the Division I Big 12 Outdoor Championships held May 12-14 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Hotchkiss High School won't soon forget Josie Hiatt. A member of Hotchkiss High School graduating class of 2018, Hiatt recently signed to play softball at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Colton Peebles, shown with mom Amy, recently signed his letter of intent to play football at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. As a senior Peebles was named to the all-state second team by the CHSAA at running back/middle linebacker/punter.
Hotchkiss High School recognized the following academic award recipients at a school assembly May 15:
The chance for an all-North Fork state baseball championship game came to a close Saturday when the top-seeded Peyton Panthers scored a seventh-inning run to defeat fourth-seeded Hotchkiss semifinals, 4-3.
"It was a good baseball game," said head coach Blake Carlquist.
The family and community support that's enfolded Hotchkiss High School graduates throughout their young lives has not gone unnoticed. Gratitude for the love and dedication of family, friends, school faculty and community members was expressed repeatedly during graduation ceremonies at HHS May 23.
Cyrus Malek-Madani was ranked fifth in discus heading into last weekend's Class 2A state track and field meet. But in his third and final qualifying throw the senior surprised everyone with a career-best throw of 148 feet.
In a repeat of her 2017 performance, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor brought home two gold medals, winning the 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles events at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood.
Firor finished the 400m a full second ahead of second place finisher Gracie Bradfield of Meeker.
Could the North Fork baseball teams face off in the state championship baseball game?
The Lena Sammons Reed Scholarship committee awarded $119,000 to students who attended Crawford Elementary for a minimum of two years and graduated or are graduating from Hotchkiss High School. The awards went to one nontraditional student, 12 renewal students, and three graduating seniors.
Hotchkiss High School senior, Jordan Danielle Tamayo, daughter of Melissa and Alonso Tamayo, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. She is planning to attend the Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and pursue a degree in athletic training/pre-physical therapy.
Hotchkiss High School senior, Nolan James Egging, son of Kimberly and Douglas Egging, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. He is planning to attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden and pursue a degree in Engineering and Physics.
The Hotchkiss boys had their best showing in recent years at the state track meet, placing in the top five in three events and scoring 43 points to place fifth overall in Class 2A.
The last time the boys did this good was in 2013 when both teams placed third, said head coach Kelly Cowan.
Peace Circle awarded $1,000 scholarships to six outstanding HHS seniors, hosting the scholars and their family members at a luncheon in the Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church.
Donald Carter won't be attending his graduation. In a staged scene, the Paonia High School senior, had a dangerous mix of alcohol and marijuana in his system on prom night when he made the decision to get behind the wheel of a car carrying four other prom-goers.
At the May 11 Cedaredge Bruin Invitational, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor re-set the meet record in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 45.5 seconds.
The defending state 2A champion in the 300 hurdles, Firor's performance took more than a second off of the 2013 record of 46.17 seconds held by Abi Grace McGee of Montrose.
After defeating rival Paonia by a single run in conference play, Hotchkiss (17-3) was seeded first heading into Saturday's district baseball tournament at Hubbard Field in Olathe; Paonia (19-2) was seeded second. Both teams won their respective semifinal game in five innings.
Fred McKee, Delta County Sheriff, is pleased to announce that Jordan Tamayo is this year's recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, CSOC, scholarship award for Delta County.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs baseball team won Monday's conference doubleheader against Meeker, 11-1 and 9-0, giving it a 5-0 record in 2A District 3/5. Hotchkiss is seeded first ahead of this weekend's district tournament at Olathe.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 88 points to place second in the 2A Western Slope League.
Senior Darren Young was the sole gold-medalist for Hotchkiss.
In sprint relays, a few seconds can make the difference between a good race and a great one. On Saturday, the 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Yasmine Gaub, Elsie Vasquez, Jordan Tamayo and Kaiya Firor ran a great race, cutting 6.5 seconds off its prior best time to finish second in 1:53.39.
Just who will come out on top in Class 2A District 3/5 baseball remains a mystery after the two top teams in the district split a doubleheader last week. On Thursday, Hotchkiss won game one of the series, beating Paonia on its home turf by a single run.
The Hotchkiss boys track and field team won two events last Thursday at the Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet. Senior Sam Rodriguez finished more than seven seconds ahead of the pack to win the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 2.91 seconds.
A nine-run second inning boosted the Hotchkiss Bulldogs to a 17-2 win over Rangely Saturday. With an 11-1 overall and 4-0 conference record, Hotchkiss remains in second place in 2A District standings.
The two top-ranked teams in the 2A Western Slope League will meet twice this week, with the outcome determining the league champions.
Paonia (13-1, 5-0) is currently in the number two spot in state Max Preps standings and Hotchkiss (11-1, 4-0) is number four.
Delta High School's baseball fortunes included a pair of wins and a loss last week. Wins came against Olathe (0-3 and 1-10 in 3A WSL) and Hotchkiss (2-0 and 9-1 in 2A District 3/5).
Hotchkiss High School moved closer to another 2A District 3/5 showdown with Paonia after a pair of wins against Dolores and Ignacio in doubleheader play in Ignacio. Hotchkiss defeated Dolores 14-0 in game one and routed Ignacio 15-0 in game two.
Of the four girls teams at the Delta Twilight Invitational, Cedaredge had 31 top-three placers and won eight events to take first with 111 points, followed by Delta with 90 points. Olathe finished third with 32 points, and Hotchkiss placed fourth with 31 points.
At Friday's four-team Delta Twilight track and field meet, Hotchkiss scored 83 points and won six events to win the meet. Delta was second with 76 points, Cedaredge third with 60, and Olathe finished fourth with 27.
Hotchkiss senior Darrin Young shot to the top of the Class 2A state rankings with a winning throw in the shot put of 48 feet, 2 inches at the Grand Valley Cardinal Open. Young is a two-time state qualifier in the shot put and placed third at state his junior year.
In a close game that went into an extra inning, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs defeated the visiting Cedaredge Bruins last Wednesday, 5-4.
Hotchkiss scored three runs on two hits in the opening inning.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 99 points to finish second at Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational track meet.
Hotchkiss won two events and placed in the top five in 10 other events.
In Saturday's 5-2 win over Dove Creek, the Bulldogs had runners on second and third and were trailing, 2-0, in the bottom of the third inning.
With two outs, junior Jamison Yanish was at the plate with a full count when he made a game-changing play, sending the ball over the fence in left field, giving Hotchkiss a 3-2 lead.
The Hotchkiss girls scored 47 points to place fifth Saturday at their annual home invitational track meet.
Kaiya Firor won three events and finished fourth in another.
Elijah Patrick had the sole win of the day for the Bulldogs, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches to tie for first in the high jump.
Teammate Jacob Stucker cleared 6-2 to place fourth overall.
The March meeting of the Hotchkiss Town Council, which was held at Hotchkiss High School, provided an opportunity for Hotchkiss Officer Chris McDonald and Bo Nerlin, town attorney, to give an update on the town's marijuana regulations. With an emphasis on youth, Nerlin reminded those in the audience that the use of marijuana is illegal by anyone under the age of 21 without a medical marijuana card.
For four years, the Town of Hotchkiss has awarded $500 scholarships to one male and one female graduating from Hotchkiss High School. The award recognizes students who demonstrate community spirit and volunteerism within the community.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs struck out 11 and allowed five hits in last Wednesday's non-conference, 7-1 win against the visiting Rifle Bears.
Eli Kirk allowed one hit and one run, walked four and struck out six in the first three innings of the game.
The Hotchkiss girls opened the track season with 48 points and a tie for fourth place with Telluride Saturday at the annual Delta Panther track and field invitational.
Junior Kaiya Firor won the 400-meter dash in 59.8 seconds.
Teams competing at the Hotchkiss Bulldog Track and Field Invitational on March 24 will have something to really sink their cleats into following improvements to Bulldog Stadium last summer.
Among those improvements are a new surface on the eight-lane track, new high jump pad, and long and triple jump runways.
The Paonia boys, Paonia girls and Hotchkiss boys basketball teams all saw their chances for a state playoff berth vanish in the first round of regional playoffs last Friday.
The Paonia girls ended the season with a 14-9 record following a 47-24 loss to Denver Christian at the Region 8 tournament at Ignacio.
The Colorado High School Activities Association, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps have announced their annual all-state wrestling teams for the 2018 season. Among the top wrestlers in the state, six are from Delta County.
After placing in the top five in the district, Hotchkiss and Paonia will compete this weekend in regional tournaments for a shot at the Great 8 state championship tournament in Loveland.
Hotchkiss opened the district tournament last Wednesday with a 68-63 quarterfinal win against rival Paonia.
In their closest game in more than a decade, the Paonia Eagles edged out rival Hotchkiss in the District 5 consolation round Saturday at De Beque High School to qualify for this week's regional basketball playoffs.
Seniors Kassidy Rapke scored a game-high 13 points for Paonia, and Andi Todd scored 12.
As the 2016-2017 school year wrapped up, the Hotchkiss FFA members spent their summer wisely by attending the Colorado State FFA Convention.
The 89th Colorado State FFA Convention was held in Pueblo in June 2017.
The Hotchkiss Bulldog boys' basketball team played inspired basketball in last week's 2A District 5 tournament. A 68-63 win over fourth-seed Paonia in quarterfinal play marked the third game between the two rivals in 2017-18 with Hotchkiss (fifth seed) winning two of the three match-ups.
Hotchkiss' basketball teams had close games against Vail Christian last week with different outcomes. The girls won their game on a buzzer-beater, 40-38, from Kaiya Firor at midcourt.
National FFA Week happens Feb. 17-24. To celebrate the organization's past, present and future accomplishments, chapters across the nation are gearing up for a week of activities. Because it falls during the week of winter break, Olathe, Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss high school chapters will celebrate FFA Week Feb. 24-March 3.
Not every coach beams with pride after his wrestler loses a big match, but on Saturday night, as the 82nd annual wrestling tournament was winding down, Hotchkiss head coach Richard Flores had nothing but praise for his wrestlers. And none made him more proud than senior 195-pounder Devin Curtis.
Hotchkiss High School's basketball teams won three of four games played last weekend. The girls defeated West Grand 54-42 and fell to North Park 43-33 in 2A District 5 play.
Hotchkiss will send eight wrestlers to state this Thursday. In the Class 2A Region 1 tournament, the Bulldogs finished third with 178 points and placed 10 wrestlers.
Hotchkiss wrestlers scored 136 points to win the Norwood Maverick Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Host school, Norwood scored 103.5 points to finish second at the seven-team tournament.
This Friday and Saturday, wrestlers from around the state will compete at one of four regional meets for a chance to wrestle at the 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
In Delta County, 14 teams will compete in the Class 2A Region 1 tournament at Delta High School.
A weekend trip to Rangely on Friday and a home contest against Meeker were close losses for both the girls and boys basketball teams.
The girls' game in Rangely was tied after three periods (26-26) and a 20-11 Rangely run in the final quarter netted the Panthers a 46-37 victory.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs placed nine wrestlers and scored 151 points to finish fourth at the Valley Classic wrestling invitational at Center High School. Twenty-seven teams registered for the tournament.
The Hotchkiss girls are 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the 2A/1A Western Slope conference following a home win Friday over Hayden and a loss Saturday to Soroco.
In their 37-27 win over Hayden (3-10, 1-5), Carson Collins led in scoring with 15 points.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their winning streak to four games last week and upped their conference record to 6-1 with wins over Hayden and Soroco. Both games were played in Hotchkiss.
Two No. 1 seeded wrestlers for Hotchkiss won their division at the Screaming Eagle.
Junior Landen Mayberry (13-3) won his third tournament of the season at 106 pounds on wins over Cedaredge, Montrose and Dove Creek.
Olathe won four matches by fall and three by forfeit to win the Jan. 18 home dual against Hotchkiss, 42-33.
At 195, senior Devin Curtis won the first match of the dual by a 45-second fall over Pirate Santiago Perez.
For the first time in recent history, the Class 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament will be held in Delta County.
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, 15 teams and more than 100 wrestlers will compete at Delta High School for a berth at the Colorado High School Activities Association's 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, to be held Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs overcame missed opportunities and a sluggish third quarter last Thursday to win their conference game against Paonia by a score of 55-50. The game marked the first win over their rival since 2013.
Hotchkiss controlled the board for much of the game, leading 19-14, at the end of first-quarter play.
Hotchkiss' boys won twice in hardwood action this past weekend beginning with their visit to Paonia Jan. 18 where they avenged an earlier season loss with a 55-50 win (see related story). The Bulldogs traveled to Vail Mountain (Vail) on Saturday and reported a 50-33 win to bring their season record to 3-1 in 2A District 5 play and 7-4 overall.
Strong defense helped Paonia sail to a 16-point win over neighbor Hotchkiss last Thursday in a girls game that nearly packed the Paonia High School gymnasium.
In the opening period the Eagles held Hotchkiss to one goal -- by junior post Carson Collins -- and two free throws -- by guard Elsie Vasquez -- to lead, 15-4, at the buzzer.
The three participating Delta County wrestling teams placed multiple wrestlers and produced champions Saturday at the annual Screaming Eagle tournament. Twenty-one teams and about 170 wrestlers competed at the annual tournament.
Hotchkiss upped its dual record to 7-5 Friday night with wins over Norwood and Meeker.
In the Bulldogs' 40-21 win over Meeker, Jace Peebles opened with an 11-3 major decision win over Jacob Shelton.
In a dual of the Dogs, the Class 2A Hotchkiss Bulldogs won five matches in their 40-22 loss against the 4A Palisade Bulldogs.
Held Jan. 4 at Colorado Mesa University, the dual opened at 138 pounds with an 8-1 win for Hotchkiss's Kylar Massano over Lodan Head.
In a dual between two of the top three teams in class 2A state rankings, Cedaredge claimed all but one match and gave up six points to a forfeit to defeat Hotchkiss last Friday, 65-12.
The dual opened at 126, with No. 2-ranked sophomore Sean Dale pinning Bulldog freshman JD Miller in 1 minute, 54 seconds.
Hotchkiss High School's basketball teams enjoyed a successful weekend of hoops with victories over league foes Caprock Academy and Plateau Valley. The Bulldogs defeated Caprock in girls action by a score of 72-7 while the boys scored 77 points to just 26 counters for the Eagles on Friday night.
After strong team and individual finishes at the Warrior Classic, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss are in the top three spots, respectively, in the Class 2A On the Mat team rankings heading into the new year. That could make for an interesting run for the Region 1 title on Feb. 9-10.
Hotchkiss placed two wrestlers at the 41st Central Warrior wrestling tournament.
At 120 pounds, Sergio Campos was seeded first and won silver Saturday night after falling in the first round to Utah High School state champion Gavin Ayotte of Uintah.
Paonia won last year's girls division of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament and Emily Pieper was named MVP. This year's Paonia Eagles are competitive but lack experience and the depth of last year's squad.
After suffering through a cold shooting night against Delta the previous day, Paonia's Eagles bounced back in the First Colorado National Bank's consolation game for a 60-43 win on Saturday. Paonia scored just 30 points against Delta in Friday night's opener.
If money were no object, Hotchkiss High School students would update technology, bring more options into the classroom, buy new shop tools, and build a path connecting their school to their community. They'd also build a recreation center.
The Hotchkiss girls basketball team is 4-1 heading into this week's First Colorado National Bank Delta County tournament, which opens Friday at Delta High School.
A 21-point second quarter boosted Hotchkiss to a 54-33 non-conference win over the Miners last Thursday at Telluride High School.
Hotchkiss won titles in two weight divisions and scored 158 points to finish third Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational wrestling tournament.
It's early in the wrestling season, but the tournament offered some highly competitive matches.
It's an annual ritual that dates back decades. Each year, Hotchkiss and Paonia step onto the wrestling mat to see which team can out-dual the other.
Last Thursday's dual win went to Paonia, which won at seven weight divisions and won one match by forfeit.
The Hotchkiss girls' basketball team opened the season at home last Thursday with a 44-25 win over Nucla. At the annual San Juan/Western Slope League Shootout tournament at Paonia, Hotchkiss handily defeated Ridgway, 67-11 on Friday, and on Saturday defeated Norwood, 61-38.
The Hotchkiss wrestling team opened the season Saturday, winning four of five duals at the annual Maverick Duals at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Hotchkiss defeated Montrose, Rifle and Moffat County, and lost to Delta. All of its competitors were from bigger schools.
After a successful 16-7 season and a regional tournament win, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs appear to be headed into another great year.
In their Nov. 30 season- and home-opener the Bulldogs posted a 77-27 win over Nucla.
Basketball season begins this week in the North Fork Valley. Hotchkiss will kick off the season at home Thursday when it hosts the San Juan Basin's Nucla Mustangs.
Opening tip for the girls' game is 6 p.m., and the boys will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Student leaders from Hotchkiss High School joined the members of the Hotchkiss Town Council for the trustees' monthly meeting -- a tradition that is repeated in the spring, when the trustees meet at the high school and award two scholarships to graduating seniors.
Student body president Nolan Egging opened the meeting with a quote from John F. Kennedy, while Mayor Wendell Koontz selected a quote from Ronald Reagan appropriate to Veterans Day.
Last Friday night's gridiron battle between host Cedaredge High School and Hotchkiss' Bulldogs was an epic defensive battle for over four quarters. Neither team had the solution for finding the end zone with a touchdown.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team didn't make it to Saturday's district finals at Grand Valley High School, but the team still had much to celebrate. Friday's 3-1 tournament win over the Hayden Tigers meant more than just a win.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team will take a 9-10 overall record and a 6-6 record in the 2A Western Slope League into this week's district tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute. The record marks the Bulldogs' best win-loss record since 2009.
It was a grinding, methodical 21-14 win for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs as they hosted the Olathe Pirates on Friday, Oct. 20. The Bulldogs now have a 5-3 season record, and are 2-2 in league play.
Two seniors will represent Hotchkiss this Saturday at the Class 2A state cross country meet in Colorado Springs. Sam Rodriguez will make his second state cross country appearance after placing fifth at the 2A Region 4 meet.
A recent Hotchkiss High School graduate was one of a dozen members of the Colorado Northwestern Community College flight team that recently qualified for national competition.
Will Drbohlav captained the CNCC team that placed second at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region 1 Intercollegiate Flying Competition held Oct. 7-14 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
For the first time in recent years, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are set to advance to the district volleyball tournament without having to play an elimination round pigtail game.
Hotchkiss is now 9-9 overall and 6-5 in the 2A/1A Western Slope League after ending the week with a non-conference, 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-15) loss to De Beque (9-9, 5-6, 1A District 1).
In the last regular meet of his four-year high school career, Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez had his fifth top-10 finish of the season at last Thursday's Rifle Cross Country Invitational. Rodriguez finished ninth out of 200 competitors with a time of 17 minutes, 16.5 seconds.
The North Fork Bowl trophy will remain at Paonia High School for a fifth consecutive year after the Eagles defeated rival Hotchkiss Friday night by a score of 28-21.
Eagles quarterback Caden Meilner had one of his best nights of the season, completing six of seven passes for 127 yards and one touchdown, running for two touchdowns, and going four-for-four in PATs.
In cross country, this time of year a new personal best time can mean everything. With state-qualifying regional competition less than two weeks away, Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez couldn't be happier with last Friday's performance at the Delta Pantherfest invitational meet.
There's no denying Hotchkiss and Paonia are rivals, but the Bulldogs will have to wait another season to attempt a win over the Eagles after playing to a 3-0, 25-21, 25-7, 25-18 home loss last Friday.
Hotchkiss coach Peter Nethington said that while it was a tough loss, he wasn't unhappy with the team's performance.
At Friday's third annual Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational, six Hotchkiss runners set new personal best times.
In the boys' division, all three competitors set new personal records, including Tevin Keller, who finished 33rd with a time of 18 minutes, 59.66 seconds, Kenny Drbohlav (34th, 19:06.58), and Will Ela (51st, 20:26.44).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs opened the conference season Friday night with a disappointing 36-7 loss at Meeker.
The reigning league champion Cowboys put all of their points on the board in the first half.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were 8-6 overall and 6-2 in 2A/1A WSL play heading into their Oct. 3 match at Rangely (10-2, 6-0). On Sept. 26, Hotchkiss defeated Vail Mountain in straight sets and on Friday it was routed by Meeker (11-2, 6-0) in straight sets 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12.
Devin Curtis ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns in 13 carries in the Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 44-0 win Saturday against Vail Christian.
Colton Peebles carried for 219 yards and one touchdown in 23 carries.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team upped its record to 7-5 overall Friday with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-16) conference win at Vail Christian in Edwards. Hotchkiss hosted Vail Mountain Tuesday (results were not available at press time).
Hotchkiss senior cross country runner Sam Rodriguez had his best finish of his career Friday after placing second at the Ouray-Ridgway Ramble at the Reservoir. Rodriguez's 20 minutes, 54 seconds time was just over four seconds off the winning time of 19:56.11, run by Ouray junior Cooper Rondinelli.
The Bulldogs were without a Homecoming opponent after Center canceled its season due to a lack of players. They found a worthy opponent in the Montrose junior varsity squad.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team battled a scrappy, and much improved, Hotchkiss team on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Bruins played well, giving up just one set to the Bulldogs, in a 3-1 victory in 3A WSL play.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs played hard but came up short Saturday in their league loss to visiting West Grand. It was their first league loss of the season.
Head coach Peter Nethington wasn't unhappy with the outcome after hearing how the Mustangs, a state qualifying team in 2016, beat up on the team last year. "They're a good team," he said.
At the high-altitude Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational, Sam Rodriguez led Hotchkiss' boys to place 11th out of 87 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds. Will Ela and Tevin Keller finished in 20:46 and 20:47, respectively, and freshman Kenny Drbohlav was close behind with a time of 20:52.
With a theme of Decades, Hotchkiss High School is celebrating Homecoming Week 2017!
Throughout the week, each class will represent a separate decade. Seniors are '90s, juniors are '70s, sophomores are '50s, and freshmen are '20s.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs volleyball program is seeking sponsors and donations for its Oct. 6 game against rival Paonia. "Hotchkiss Volleyball Pink Out" will recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Week by raising money to support the oncology department at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
About two thirds of the way through Saturday's Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational, Paonia senior Caden Meilner trailed Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez as they cruised across the high ridgeline of the adobe desert course. "He's just such a phenomenal runner and I kept him in my sights throughout the race," said Meilner.
After three years of placing in the top four, Montrose senior Evan Graff pulled off a convincing win Saturday at the Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational. As part of his training, Graff delayed his start by 30 seconds and finished the course in 18 minutes, 11.35 seconds.
Hotchkiss head coach Peter Nethington said he was very happy to see his Bulldogs come back from a three-game losing streak to win two conference matches last weekend.
At the Sept. 1-2 tournament at Rangely the Bulldogs lost three games, including a 2-1 loss to Hayden (25-20, 8-25, 15-10).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are 1-1 heading into week three of the prep football season following a 14-26 non-conference loss to Class 2A's Coal Ridge Friday at New Castle.
Chase Hiatt connected on eight of 11 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown.
The Hotchkiss High School spirit team will compete this Saturday at the 20th annual Spirit Fest at Elitch Gardens in Denver.
The event includes a variety of cheer and dance divisions, with teams competing for 2018 season passes to Elitch's.
Students at Hotchkiss High School (HHS) have an amazing opportunity to get a jump start on their education from the moment they walk into the commons as freshmen. Advanced Placement (AP) classes, created by the CollegeBoard, offer college level education to high school students in both the U.S and Canada.
If Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez was uncertain about how his cross country season will go, his performance at last Friday's Devil's Thumb Hill Climb should quiet any doubts in his mind. Rodriguez placed fifth out of 107 runners.
The Hotchkiss football team got a glimpse of what they're capable of Friday night in its non-conference 42-6 win over Dolores. Head coach Curtis Hintz said that for a season-opener, he liked what he saw. "They played fast and they played physical, which you always like to see," said Curtis.
For Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz, Chase Hiatt was the obvious choice for quarterback. "It's kind of a natural fit."
Hotchkiss volleyball coach Peter Nethington is constantly looking to the future. He's evaluating players, deciding which ones fit best where today, and thinking about where they will work best next season. He then begins giving them the skills they will need to fill in the gaps after the seniors graduate.
With a total of nine runners, Hotchkiss High School's cross country teams are small in numbers this year, but big on goals and enthusiasm for the coming season.
Hannah Hatheway is in her second season at Hotchkiss.
When the Hotchkiss volleyball team opens the season this Thursday at Ouray, it'll have a new head coach. Peter Nethington replaces two-year head coach Taralee Williams. He brings some 30 years of volleyball experience to the program.
That the first day of the 2017-18 school year in Delta County also fell on the day of the great solar eclipse was something students are likely to remember for the rest of their lives.
At Hotchkiss High School, all students received a pair of "SAFE" eclipse glasses and watched the event from the athletic field.
Hotchkiss High School was named one of five finalists for the "Succeeds Prize," considered the state's most prestigious award in recognition of honoring transformational public schools and educators.
The diagram on the left represents the blueprints for the proposed Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields provided by Mesa Engineering and Surveying Co., Inc., in Montrose.
Friends and former students are invited to a party for former Hotchkiss teacher, Mary Woodruff. It will be held at the Hotchkiss Senior Citizen Center at 276 W. Main Street Saturday, June 17, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and memories shared.
The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.
Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.
Hotchkiss FFA Alumni vice president Jason Wrich awarded scholarships to two outstanding 2017 seniors. Lacey Rodriguez and Roggen Frick were awarded the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni Scholarship for $500 each and the Mopar Alumni Scholarship for $300 each.
A changing of the guard in Paonia hasn't altered the gathering of wrestlers from around the state, and out of the state, for an annual event which traditionally draws some of the best wrestlers who want to compete against someone they don't often see.
Hotchkiss High School academic award recipients were recognized May 11:
Delta County Federal Credit Union Scholarship -- Wade Katzdorn, $1,250.
Peace Circle has awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Hotchkiss-area graduating seniors.
The Hotchkiss girls finished seventh overall at the CHSAA 2A state track meet. Of their 35 total points, Kaiya Firor has her name on all of them.
For Hotchkiss the trip to state baseball tournament play was more than just another chance to play for a state title. It was about reaching round two for a chance to face Paonia's Eagles for the fourth time this season.
Paonia's baseball team remained undefeated last weekend and heads to the fateful semifinal round which kayoed the Eagles title run in 2016 when Limon knocked off Paonia in a late innings rally.
The Eagles won their opening round contest against No. 16 Sargent (11-11 overall and 7-1 in 2A District 1 play) on Saturday morning in Pueblo.
Though small in number, the graduates of Hotchkiss High School garnered $533,404 in scholarships. As the graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, those scholarships and each student's career plans were read aloud.
At the 2017 Class 2A State Track and Field Meet, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen topped off a four-year career in the high jump with a silver medal after clearing the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches. Allen placed eighth as a sophomore and seventh as a junior.
Because they are on the same side of the bracket, Paonia and Hotchkiss could face each other again this Friday.
Ever since the Colorado High School Activities Association did away with regional meets and began qualifying athletes for state track and field based on the top 18 times, heights and distances, the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational has marked the last chance to qualify for state.
The 4x800m team of Zack Allen, Gabe Rodriguez, Myles Zouette and Sam Rodriguez ran for a season-best time of 8 minutes, 33.20 seconds to win the event. The time moved the team up from fifth to third place in state top-18 rankings, behind Cedaredge and Burlington.
Hotchkiss High School senior Dylan Jacob Ashby, son of Jalce Ashby, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. He is planning to go to college to become a veterinarian.
Hotchkiss High School senior Joseph Nathaniel Nault, the son of Jessica Thomas-Houg, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. He is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University at Grand Junction to study culinary arts.
The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley relay team posted its season-best time of 1 minute, 54.46 seconds to win silver at the 2A/3A Western Slope League track meet. Hotchkiss also took silver in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.52.
Paonia will take a 19-0 record into this week's District 3/5 tournament after wins over Nucla and Sanford.
Last Tuesday's 9-1 home win over Nucla was a little closer than their first meeting.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 45 points to place eighth at the 1A/2A Western Slope League meet, held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
In his first year in the 800-meter run, junior Sam Rodriguez took more than 10 seconds off of his season-best time to win bronze.
On his final throw in district shot put competition Saturday, Darrin Young hit a mark of 46 feet, 7.5 inches to win the 2A/1A WSL district title. "It was a good throw," said Young, a soft-spoken junior.
Class 3A Region 8 tennis competition opens this Thursday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction, and local teams are hoping to send players to the state tournament opening next Thursday in Greeley.
In its final competition ahead of the regional tournament, Aspen swept Paonia last Wednesday at Apple Valley Park, with two matches going into a tiebreaker.
The Hotchkiss boys earned three silver medals at last Friday's Montrose Invitational track and field meet.
Sam Rodriguez placed second in the 1600-meter run with a new personal-best time of 4 minutes, 45.80 seconds.
It's springtime, and for a high school junior or senior, thoughts of prom and upcoming graduations take center stage. The dress, the tux, the scholarship deadlines, and the countdown to that last day of school ... it's all so exciting, so full of promise.
If there was any question as to who the best team is in 1A/2A District 5 competition, it was answered last week as No. 1-ranked Paonia swept a two-game series against No. 2 Hotchkiss.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their overall record to 12-2 Saturday, outscoring Rangely by 31 points in a two-game series at Rangely.
Hotchkiss opened the series with a 17-0 conference win over the Panthers.
At Friday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet at New Castle, sophomore Kaiya Firor won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.85 seconds. Firor also took more than two seconds off of her prior best time to win the 300m hurdles event in 48.16 seconds.
In track and field competition, a fraction of a second or an inch can mean the difference between a win and a loss. To qualify for the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, athletes must be ranked in the top 18 in the state in their respective class.
With six games remaining in regulation play the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 and in second place in the 2A District 3/5 baseball standings ahead of this Saturday's doubleheader at Rangely.
In their 11-2 win over Nucla, the Dogs took a 6-0 lead in the opening inning.
Hotchkiss ended the week with an 8-2 record after sweeping a conference doubleheader Saturday against Meeker. The games opened conference play for the Cowboys, who were 6-0 heading into the series.
The throwers were the big point winners for Hotchkiss Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational meet.
Junior Darrin Young had the winning throw of 44 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, and added almost 20 feet to his prior personal best for a winning throw of 126 feet, 6 inches.
The Bruins of Cedaredge had a strong week with wins over 2A Hotchkiss and 3A Moffat County. A big second inning got Cedaredge off to a lead it would never relinquish in an 11-1 non conference victory. A weekend encounter against Moffat County was another win, 9-2, for the Bruins.
The issues facing the Hotchkiss Town Council may seem mundane, but Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz stressed the importance of hard work and common sense in keeping the Town of Hotchkiss running smoothly. His comments were addressed to the Hotchkiss High School students who were invited to participate in the council's regular meeting.
The Hotchkiss baseball team is in second place in 2A District 3/5 standings after opening conference play Saturday with wins over Dolores and Ignacio.
In the Bulldogs' first win of the day sophomore Jamison Yanish was two-for-two including a three-run homer in the Bulldogs' 9-3 win over Ignacio.
The Hotchkiss girls scored 34 points at Cedaredge. Hotchkiss placed in four relays, with Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub, Fatima Rodriguez and Jordan Tamayo earning silver in the 800-meter sprint medley with a time of 1:57.61.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 49 points to finish fifth at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
Due to ongoing upgrades to their home track, the Bulldogs held their meet at Delta.
The Hotchkiss baseball team found itself without a game Friday after Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley canceled its trip due to a snowstorm that hit the Front Range. In early-season rankings Dayspring is sixth in Class 2A state rankings, and Hotchkiss is ranked seventh.
Hotchkiss sophomore Kaiya Firor's season is off to a good start. At the March 18 Delta Invitational Firor set a new personal best height of 4 feet, 8 inches.
The Town of Hotchkiss is pinching pennies, which means fewer donations are going out the door, as the Hotchkiss Booster Club and Hotchkiss Grad Night committee learned last week.
Each year, the Booster Club asks the town for a contribution for ongoing booster activities and for a second donation specifically for grad night.
A walk-off two-run double by Kale Litzelman in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Hotchkiss a 14-4 season-opener win against Roaring Fork last week.
Hotchkiss opened with a 4-0 lead, with Jonathan Gonzalez hitting a one-run double and Chase Hiatt following with a two-run double.
In his first meet of the season, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen raised the bar. Last Saturday, Allen opened the track and field season with a state-qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches to win the Delta Panther Invitational. Allen, a senior and two-time state placer, was one of three to clear the bar at 5-10, but was the only remaining competitor after clearing 6 feet.
The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley team had a golden start to the track season Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. Jordan Tamayo, Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub and Fatima Rodriquez earned their first gold medal of the season with a time of 1 minute, 57.45 seconds.
Under second-year head coach Eric Hollembeak, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs ended the basketball season with a 16-7 overall and a 9-3 record and in fourth place in the 13-team 2A/1A Western Slope league. That is the Bulldogs' best record since the 2009-2010 season when Hotchkiss posted a 19-5 record and qualified for the 3A state tournament.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned a berth in this week's Western Slope Region basketball tournament at Gunnison.
In district quarterfinals Hotchkiss pulled off a 65-63 win last Wednesday to eliminate Vail Christian.
Hotchkiss' boys basketball team survived a frantic last second effort from Vail Christian's Saints. The Bulldogs finished the exciting game with a 72-71 score.
The prep basketball playoff season is officially underway. Each of the state's eight districts are now down to eight teams after pigtail games were held Monday, with second-round playoffs continuing today.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs' girls team ended its regular season with a loss in Edwards to Vail Christian's Saints, 60-39.
Hotchkiss kept it close in the first quarter but stumbled in the second frame when the Saints exploded for a 24-6 run and a 36-16 halftime lead.
Senior Conner Collins is a three-time state qualifier for Hotchkiss.
Hotchkiss brought home two silver medals and a bronze and finished in sixth place with 92 points at the 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver. At 113 pounds, Sergio Campos took silver Saturday night on a loss to sophomore Dillon Jaramillo of Rocky Ford.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their winning streak to six games following weekend basketball wins over West Grand and North Park.
In Friday's 71-47 conference win over West Grand, the Mustangs came out strong in the first half, leaving Hotchkiss with a narrow one-point lead heading into the second half.
The Hotchkiss girls split their two hoops games for the week, losing, 47-33 Friday against West Grand and playing a hard-fought 63-57 win Saturday against North Park.
Freshman Shay Glaser put 12 points on the board Friday against the Lady Mustangs, and sophomore Kaiya Firor added nine.
Hotchkiss scored 198 points to place third at the 2A Region 1 tournament at Colorado Mesa University, just four points off of the first-place team.
Head coach Richard Flores said he's happy to send nine to state, but lamented a couple of heartbreaking finishes by seniors.
Five of the top 10 teams in state 2A rankings will compete in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, which opens at 1 p.m. Friday the Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. Saturday's semifinal and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
With three games remaining in the regular season the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are coming on strong in the 2A Western Slope conference.
On Friday Hotchkiss welcomed Rangely with a 61-47 conference win.
Two Delta County wrestling teams participated in the Valley Classic in Center this past weekend.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were the toast of the meet after outpointing 21 other teams for the team title with 208.5 points.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs were on the road for a pair of conference games at Hayden on Friday night and Soroco on Saturday.
Hotchkiss' girls found the trip difficult with a 47-45 loss in Hayden and a 66-36 setback to Soroco in Oak Creek on Saturday.
Hotchkiss High School had a fantastic week of wrestling. The Bulldogs wrestled Olathe to a 68-4 win on Wednesday, Jan. 18. A tri-meet against Meeker and Norwood/Nucla also resulted in wins for Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss got past Meeker 41-27 then battered Norwood/Nucla 63-18.
The Bulldog boys suffered a pair of losses last week with Paonia coming to town on Jan. 19 to score a 57-33 win. Vail Mountain's Gore Rangers held on for a 44-42 win on Saturday.
The top scoring teams in this year's Screaming Eagles Wrestling Tournament were led by the Hotchkiss Bulldogs which scored 201.5 points. Cedaredge was second with 186.5 points with host team Paonia and Meeker tied for third with 186 points.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had wrestling matches on Jan. 11 and 12 last week. Hotchkiss hosted Paonia on the 11th and scratched out a 38-30 victory. On the 12th the Bulldogs were in Parachute for a tri-meet with Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs recorded wins over De Beque Jan. 14. The games, played in Hotchkiss, were wins for the girls, 52-46, and the boys, 72-39.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are making statements about themselves with success everywhere they go. Their latest accomplishment is a huge win at last weekend's Eagle Valley Invitational.
With Colorado prep sports programs exiting their Christmas break, the 2016-17 winter sessions will commence this week. Area wrestling teams have been honing skills in preparation for their runs to post-season competition.
Area wrestling teams have earned some top rankings, as have many athletes from Delta County Schools (Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia) and Olathe.
The Hotchkiss High School Co-ed Cheer Squad performed well again at the Colorado State High School Activities Association state spirit competition, held Dec. 9 at the Denver Coliseum. The team of two boys and 14 girls placed third in the 2A/3A Co-Ed division cheer competition.
Teams are taking a break from the 2016-17 hoops season to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Several Delta County basketball teams are putting up excellent numbers in the early stages of a long and challenging season.
The last of a series of murals envisioned by Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber was recently completed.
Senior art students Kayden Owens, Roggen Frick, Josh Verdeja and Gabe Rodriguez decided on their own to paint the mural for their art class project.
Central High School in Grand Junction held its yearly Warrior Classic last weekend, the biggest early-season wrestling meet in Colorado.
Forty teams from three different states competed in the event, which draws the best wrestlers in every classification and serves as a pretty good preview of the state tournament in February.
This year's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament began its sponsorship under the initial format of all four Delta County schools participating in a pre-Christmas tournament in Delta. In 1994, the tournament was known as the Bank of the West Basketball Tournament with all four schools in the county playing at Delta High School on two consecutive days (Thursday and Friday) before Christmas break began.
Another wrestling season is underway and that means another Delta Invitational Wrestling Tournament has taken place. Delta hosted a 12-team tournament last Saturday at Delta High School.
Seven teams posted scores of 100 points or more, with Cedaredge's Bruins claiming the team title with 197 points.
Delta's Panthers took on Hotchkiss Dec. 6 with all four teams recording victories in basketball action. The Panthers' junior varsity girls won 50-18 while the boys junior varsity claimed a 68-24 decision. In varsity play it was 63-43 for the girls from Delta and 72-44 for Delta's boys.
If the first two games are any indication, the boys basketball team from Hotchkiss High School can anticipate a strong season.
At the opening event of the year, the Bulldogs won both their games in a tournament at Ridgway last weekend and are off to a 2-0 start.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School hopes to build upon its success.
The Bulldogs were region champs last year, winning the 2A Region 1 crown and knocking Paonia off the top of the regional pile for the first time in years.
The girls basketball team from Hotchkiss High School has a new coach and a new positive outlook.
Haillie Taylor moved to Hotchkiss in the spring and was hired to coach the Bulldogs after getting the bulk of her coaching experience at the middle school level.
A new season has begun for the Paonia-Hotchkiss speech and debate team. The team has competed in two meets so far, and it has already met with some success.
As it has for the past five years, the Hotchkiss Town Council welcomed the Hotchkiss High School student council to the November monthly council meeting. Involving students in the democratic process allows for better interaction between the town and the school and provides students valuable experience, said Mayor Wendell Koontz in welcoming the students to the head table.
In a tradition that began about five years ago, members of the Hotchkiss High School student government will participate in the Nov. 10 Hotchkiss Town Council meeting. By being a part of the process, students witness how decisions are made at the town level.
Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.
Last Friday night's meeting between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss High Schools on the gridiron ended with a 43-6 win for the visiting Bruins.
Hotchkiss had the advantage passing with a 64-22 yard edge but Cedaredge was superior on the ground with 335 yards to just 87 for the Bulldogs.
The girls cross country team from Paonia High School is going to the state meet for the first time in three years.
Brooke Hillman and Nora Dransfield finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the individual race to pace the Eagles to state.
The Hotchkiss High School boys cross country team came to the 2A Region 4 championship race on a mission.
After finishing just short of qualifying for state last year, the Bulldogs ran all season with the intention of getting back to the state meet this weekend in Colorado Springs.
The Bulldogs are learning that wins in the 1A Western Slope Conference are hard to come by.
The Hotchkiss High School football team twice led the game in the early stages but gave up too many big plays as the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals beat the Bulldogs 36-19 last Friday night.
The annual North Fork football game between Paonia and Hotchkiss ended up being the closest game between the rival teams in recent history.
"They played hard, they played up to their ability and the level they're capable of," said Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz.
Hotchkiss High School's cross country team consisted of eight runners (five boys and three girls) this past weekend at the Delta Cross Country Pantherfest Invitational. Confluence Park, the site for the coming regional qualifying meet set for next week, hosted 75 boys and 69 girls.
Hotchkiss faced three tough foes in 2A District 5 play with all three winding up being losses. The Bulldogs began the week with Vail Mountain (7-2) and fell 3-0 to the Gore Rangers in Vail.
Local high school students from Paonia, Hotchkiss and Olathe were able to get outside of the classroom recently thanks to the Youth Outdoor Network. Students ranging from freshmen to seniors waded across the chilly North Fork of the Gunnison River at Pleasure Park with tools and fencing in hand to reach young cottonwoods on the other bank.
Hotchkiss faced three tough foes in 2A District 5 play with all three winding up being losses. The Bulldogs began the week with Vail Mountain (7-2) and fell 3-0 to the Gore Rangers in Vail.
The Hotchkiss High School football team knew that competition in the 1A Western Slope Conference wasn't going to be easy.
The Bulldogs got a look at just how tough the league gets when No. 7 Meeker came to Hotchkiss and dominated from the opening kickoff till the last whistle in a 36-7 win last Friday night.
Paonia High School is home to the No. 1 ranked football team and volleyball team.
The Eagles went to Carbondale and had no problem with Roaring Fork on the gridiron, winning 55-7 last Friday and improving to 4-0 in nonconference play.
The prescription for a high school football victory doesn't usually include surrendering an opening kickoff touchdown, fumbling away your first two possessions and trailing 12-0 after the first quarter.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs recovered from all of that and more to beat Vail Christian 34-12 last Friday night on homecoming.
The Paonia High School football team won its third game in a row to open the season and the Eagles might well be back on top of Class 1A once again.
No. 2 Paonia rolled to a 38-0 win at Ridge View in Watkins last Friday afternoon and stands at 3-0.
Last weekend's cross country meet for two Delta County schools was in Gunnison at the Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational.
Gunnison (50) won the boys' event with Delta finishing fifth (158) and Hotchkiss ninth (22).
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
This year's Homecoming festivities are well under way at Hotchkiss High School. The days leading up to the highlight, Friday night's Homecoming football game and dance, are filled with class competitions, Crazy Day, Sports Day, Twin Day and school colors dress-up days, and the traditional Friday afternoon parade through the heart of town.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team is having some growing pains, but the young Bulldogs squad continues to improve and build toward the future.
After a pair of 0-3 losses last week, the Bulldogs stood at 4-4 on the campaign before last night's home match against Cedaredge.
The Hotchkiss High School football team recovered from a crazy first quarter to beat visiting Coal Ridge 28-14 last Friday night, improving to 2-0 under first year head coach Curtis Hintz.
"I'm just proud of our boys.
Hotchkiss High School hosted the third cross country meet of the season last Saturday morning and Delta County runners enjoyed the home field advantage.
"It's a tough course. We run it every day so we knew what to expect," Bulldogs sophomore Kaiya Firor, a state qualifier last year, said after she finished third in the girls race.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team began the new season the right way.
In front of a raucous student section last Thursday evening in the Bulldogs' gym, Hotchkiss beat Ouray 25-20, 25-12 and 25-6, showing signs of much improvement and hinting at a bright future.
The Class 1A Hotchkiss Bulldogs will be led by a new but familiar face this year on the gridiron when league play begins.
Longtime assistant Curtis Hintz assumed the head coaching duties for the Hotchkiss High School football team after Mike Sirko left the Bulldogs after two years to coach at Grand Junction.
The Hotchkiss High School cross country team is going to look a little different this year.
The Bulldogs girls team lost career standouts Mae Anderson and Sophia Schelle to graduation.
Hotchkiss High School was one of 15 teams entered (boys and girls) in the Basalt Invitational Cross Country Meet. Bulldog boys placed sixth with 182 points and the girls failed to get a team score with just two runners participating.
The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.
All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.
Hotchkiss High School students were recognized for academic achievements at an assembly held May 4. Recipients included:
Kayla Milstein, a 2016 Hotchkiss High School graduate, is the recipient of a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship offered through the National FFA scholarship program.
The daughter of Jeff and Karen Milstein, Kayla plans to study ag science at Colorado Mesa University. She would like to be a rancher.
The track teams from Hotchkiss and Delta may not have won team titles at the state meet last weekend in Lakewood, but the Bulldogs and Panthers got several fine individual performances and represented their schools proudly.
The rubber game went to the Eagles.
In the third game of the year between baseball rivals Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Eagles won 5-4 last Saturday in Cortez to capture the 2A District 2 championship and clinch a spot in the 16-team state tournament field.
Hotchkiss High School senior Sophia Margaret Schelle, daughter of David and Cathy Schelle, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. She is planning to go to CU's College of Media Communication and Information majoring in business media.
Five Hotchkiss High School graduates are receiving $1,000 scholarships from Peace Circle.
HHS senior Will Drbohlav is the son of Matthew and Rebecca Drbohlav.
The Fort Lewis College School of Arts and Sciences held its annual undergraduate research and creative activities symposium on April 21. Student participants were selected by their departments to represent the best undergraduate research and performances done at Fort Lewis College this year, either in oral or poster presentations.
Gratia Fisher sang her last national anthem with aplomb, her family and friends cheering as she trilled the immortal lyrics, "O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Fisher, president of the Hotchkiss High School Class of 2016, then joined classmates Brandi Goddard and Megan Lange in a harmonious rendition of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," accompanied on bongos by Andrew Zerr, and commencement ceremonies were underway.
The mission of the Black Mesa CattleWomen is to promote and protect the beef industry through education and communication. One method the group uses to accomplish this is by supporting youth, education and research.
For the past several months, the Hotchkiss FFA chapter has been practicing the career development experience (CDE) of livestock judging or livestock evaluation. Team members Trenton Carr, Colton Peebles, Hailey Lofley, Morgan Miller, Ruby Shiflet, Bruce Turnbull and Dalton Raley met once a week in the Hotchkiss ag room to practice.
"Everyone has a story about how they got turned on to the blues," says bluesman Otis Taylor, whose dad introduced him to the genre.
For the students of Hotchkiss High School music teacher Jeannette Carey, their story will be about how Taylor turned them on to the blues.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School took one huge step toward becoming a family last Friday afternoon.
Cole Carvill hit a walk-off grand slam and the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Paonia 12-8, evening the regular season series between the rivals and giving Hotchkiss a major shot in the arm as the postseason approaches.
It was supposed to be a magical night. But as the rock group The Eagles sing, "In a New York minute, everything can change."
The Hotchkiss High School art students will host their annual art gallery opening Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Creamery Arts Center, 165 Bridge Street. Students take their "final exam" by creating the opening, said art teacher Jamie Roeber.
The No. 3 Hotchkiss Bulldogs improved to 15-1 on the season after defeating Roaring Fork 15-3 last week.
Presley Pene and Mario Espinoza pitched the game for the Bulldogs.
Carl Clay, a 1961 graduate of Hotchkiss High School and member of the HHS Alumni Association, is spearheading a project to improve the "H" located near the school. The hillside letter dates back to 1951 when three freshmen lettered in sports. Their initiation involved digging a trench in the shape of an H.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School didn't need much time to bounce back.
The Bulldogs recovered from their first loss of the season and beat Cedaredge in a doubleheader last Saturday.
Depending upon which poll you follow, the state's No. 1 and No. 2 2A baseball teams met at Volunteer Park last Tuesday evening in Paonia.
In the first of two regular season matchups between rivals that have played baseball for over a hundred years, Paonia showed that it can execute in all three phases of the game and beat the Bulldogs 3-0.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School is in a groove.
The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Friday afternoon and improved to 12-0 on the campaign.
A mock crash event scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, may look like the real thing, but it's only a drill.
With high school proms happening April 30 and end-of-school-year celebrations a month away, local EMS, fire, police and state troopers will conduct a mock crash event.
As happens twice a year, the Hotchkiss town council welcomed members of the Hotchkiss High School Student Council at the April 14 town meeting. Students partook in the proceedings and witnessed the swearing in of trustees James Roberts and Larry Jakubiak and John Marta.
Senior Katy Parsons gave the Hotchkiss Bulldogs their only first-place finish at last Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational. Parsons won the tough 800m run against some good competiton and in doing so posted Class 2A's top time at 2:27.51. Palisade's Greta Van Calcar's time was 2:28.96.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School finally got to enjoy a little home cooking.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 for the season and swept Rangely in a twinbill last Saturday at Hotchkiss, beating the Panthers with football-esque scores of 14-0 and 39-0.
Delta County track teams fared well at last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational track meet. Paonia's girls won the team title in their division with 168 points on the strength of five first-place finishes. The Eagles' Brianna Van Vleet set a new long jump record for the meet in one of Paonia's wins.
The Hotchkiss High School baseball team kept up its winning ways and improved to 7-0 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader in Meeker last Saturday.
All of the Bulldogs wins so far have come on the road.
The high school track teams from Delta County are just in the second week of competition but already are showing signs that a great running season is in store for all.
At a snowy and windy event at Hotchkiss High School last Saturday, 16 different boys' teams and 15 different girls' teams from all around the Western Slope competed for early season bragging rights.
Hotchkiss' boys earned 37 points at last weekend's Delta Invitational and placed sixth overall.
There weren't any first-place finishes for Hotchkiss, but Zack Allen competed for a title in high jump before finishing second on misses.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School is wasting no time.
The Bulldogs, who last year made it to the 2A state semifinal game, made it known that they intend to be in Pueblo again this season and are off to a 5-0 start.
A first-place finish for Hotchkiss' 800-meter medley relay team helped the Bulldogs capture seventh place with 43.5 points in the girls' team race. The winning time for Hotchkiss was 1:58.57.
The basketball season for Hotchkiss' boys' team has drawn to a close following last weekend's competition in Region 3 play. The Bulldogs were the Region 3 Pool 1 number eight seed entering tournament play.
Paonia High School's run to the title game in last weekend's 2A District 5 tournament began at home with a matchup against 13-8 Meeker. The Eagles were less than hospitable, on the court, as they soared to an 83-49 victory.
Hotchkiss High School's boys are still alive and fighting for a berth in the 2016 2A State Basketball Championships in Pueblo.
The Bulldogs won their quarterfinal game against Soroco, 67-46, on Feb. 23.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School peaked and won the 2A Region 1 title, then came back to earth last weekend at the state tournament in Denver.
The Bulldogs qualified an impressive 11 wrestlers for state, but many of them showed their youth and inexperience over the course of the three-day extravaganza and Hotchkiss finished in eighth place as a team with 75 points.
For the Hotchkiss Bulldog boys, the season has been up and down. Last week's loss to Meeker, 54-42, left the Bulldogs with a 7-5 2A WSL District 5 record and an 8-11 overall mark.
Meeker High School's girls' basketball team dealt Hotchkiss a loss, 55-35, last Friday in Meeker. The Cowboys doubled Hotchkiss' score, 18-9, in the game's first eight minutes.
This has been a great year for the Hotchkiss FFA chapter. We started off the year Sept. 14 with a family barbecue meeting which was a great opportunity for all members and parents to get together and spend quality time with each other and prepare for the upcoming events while enjoying well-prepared food.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School is reaching heights the Bulldogs haven't climbed in a while.
Hotchkiss continued to enjoy the momentum that has been building since the New Year and triumphed at the Class 2A Region 1 tournament championship last weekend at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
The basketball teams from Hotchkiss High School will play their last games of the regular season tonight at Meeker.
The boys face a key matchup against the Cowboys as the Bulldogs are in the thick of the race for positioning in the 1A/2A Western Slope League.
The annual Speech and Debate Speech Congress was held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at Paonia High School. Eight Western Slope schools and more than 45 students participated in the Congressional and Senate house debates.
For the second consecutive year, Hotchkiss High School senior Gratia Fisher and Paonia High School senior Jessie Holt represented their respective schools and Delta County at All-State Choir.
Presented by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, Fisher and Holt joined more than 500 other students in the three-day annual event, which culminated Saturday evening in choral performances at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Hotchkiss High School Future Farmers of America member Dalton Raley will be able to purchase a heifer for his beef breeding program after being awarded a $1,500 Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grant from the Colorado Elks Association as part of the FFA Heifer Wrangle Program. Raley was awarded the grant during the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Hotchkiss High School wrestling coach Richard Flores has hoped all season that the Bulldogs will peak at the right time, and it's starting to look like he might get his wish.
The No. 4 Bulldogs grapplers won their last dual and a tournament heading into this weekend's regional matches in Grand Junction.
The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School saw a little bit of everything over the course of three games last week.
The Bulldogs are still in the thick of things in the race for the 1A/2A Western Slope League regular season crown.
The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School got another win in league play last week.
The Bulldogs beat Plateau Valley last Friday on the road 57-16 and upped their record in 1A/2A Western Slope League play to 4-2 and are 5-8 overall.
The Hotchkiss High School wrestlers keep improving.
The Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in 2A according to the recent CHSAA online poll.
Hotchkiss entered the week fifth in 2A, just ahead of Paonia and behind Rocky Ford, Centauri, Meeker and Norwood/Nucla, respectively.
The Bulldogs got up-close and personal looks at every one of those teams but No. 1 Rocky Ford this past week, and Hotchkiss showed that it can compete on the mat with all of them.
Both basketball teams from Paonia are firing on all cylinders.
The Eagles boys' and girls' teams are both 11-1 and undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play. At the end of a five-game road stretch, Paonia is at Meeker on Friday and at Hotchkiss on Tuesday.
After a 60-34 win against Hotchkiss' boys on Jan. 19, Cedaredge was looking for a sixth consecutive win heading into last Friday's encounter against Paonia's Eagles. Paonia, after starting the season with six straight wins, was dealt a loss by Grand Valley on Dec. 19.
Cedaredge High School's Bruins finished last weekend's Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament with 136.5 points and placed fifth. Hotchkiss won the tournament with 229 points with Meeker second (210.5), Centauri third (204) and Paonia fourth (203.5).
The boys' basketball team from Paonia High School keeps putting up big wins and is moving up rapidly in state polls.
The Eagles were ranked No. 5 in 2A in the most recent CHSAA online poll, and they might go higher after posting two big victories last week.
Whispers around Paonia High School are reminding fans that this year's girls' basketball squad is starting to look a lot like another really good Eagles team.
The 2010 Eagles were the last Paonia squad to win state, and this year's version of the Eagles looks a lot like that dominating team.
The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School keep posting impressive wins. On the Mat ranks the Bulldogs as No. 6 in 2A, right behind Paonia.
The Bulldogs had only one event last week.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team proved the old adage, "You can learn more from a loss than a win," against Meeker last Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs led after the second and third quarters but succumbed to foul trouble and cold shooting in the end as Meeker prevailed 44-40.
The Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball team finally put all the pieces together.
The Bulldogs executed in a close fourth quarter and gutted out a 59-53 win over Meeker last Saturday night.
Despite being shorthanded, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs wrestling team is showing signs of depth, ability and skill that might pay off big in the end.
In their first dual after the Christmas break, the Bulldogs battled North Fork Valley rival Paonia to a 30-30 score on the mat, but fell in the final tally 42-30 because of two open weights.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team beat Caprock and entered the New Year on a winning note.
The Bulldogs started off strong and never let up in a 57-18 win over the visiting Eagles at the Hotchkiss gym last Saturday evening.
There was plenty of wrestling action for those who followed their favorite teams this past weekend. Cedaredge and Paonia attended the 12-team Indian Invitational.
Delta was in Utah at the annual Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament hosted by Uintah in Vernal, Utah.
The Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball team has already had its fair share of close games this year, so it was nice to get a big win last Saturday.
The Bulldogs got 16 points from Clayton Oxford, Zack Allen chipped in 11 points and eight different Hotchkiss players scored in a 53-32 victory over Caprock.
The cheerleaders at Hotchkiss High School made history.
The Bulldogs capped a record-setting season by winning third place at the state spirit competition at the Denver Coliseum last month.
A number of deserving athletes in Delta County were selected to various all-conference and all-state teams from fall sports programs. The following is a capsulation of awards given to Delta County athletes, in some cases both all-conference and all-state honors. This list of elite athletes was compiled by Cedaredge High School's Kirby Henderson.
A quick look at the latest wrestling rankings from Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings shows Hotchkiss in the number five spot in 2A, with Paonia listed sixth. Meeker is third while Norwood/Nucla is fourth.
The wrestling teams from Paonia and Hotchkiss went to the Warrior Classic last weekend and got a look at some of the best competition in the state before they retired to rest during the Christmas break.
The Warrior is considered one of the top tournaments of the season and this year featured 38 teams at Central High School in Grand Junction.
The basketball teams at Hotchkiss High School will get some needed time off during the Christmas break as the Bulldogs hoopsters are off to a 1-6 start.
Both Hotchkiss teams are led by new coaches.
The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School are off to a great start.
Two weeks into the campaign, the Bulldogs are up to No. 5 in 2A in a recent poll and have seen several individuals put up some big wins at duals early in the season.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team has a new coach but the same old winning attitude as the Bulldogs hit the hardwood for the 2015 season.
Ginger McPherson is in her first year on the Bulldogs bench and also is teaching mathematics at the high school.
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team has a mix of veterans and young talent that it hopes will achieve new heights of glory at Hotchkiss High School.
Now the test will be putting all of the pieces together into a winning mix for the Bulldogs.
Walk into the wrestling room behind the gym at Paonia High School and instantly you can tell: the Eagles are back.
Even though Paonia had its streak of 2A state championships halted at three last year after the Eagles finished third, enthusiasm and energy burst through the room as the grapplers returned for the 2015 campaign last week.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team played four games in five days last week and showed signs that the Bulldogs are building a solid foundation for the season.
The Bulldogs have two games this week, playing at Aspen on Thursday and then hosting Vail Christian on Saturday.
If all of the Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball games play out like their first week did, head coach Eric Hollembeak is in for a lot of sleepless nights.
The Bulldogs battled through four games in five days last week.
Walter Elias Disney said that "Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children."
Maybe that was the thinking a few years back when members of the Hotchkiss town council and Hotchkiss High School student government began holding joint meetings on a semi-annual basis.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team capped a great season of running with a fourth place finish at the state meet last Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs finished fourth for the second straight year and were led by two seniors and two freshman.
A player was ejected. The head coaches confronted each other during a contentious postgame handshake, and 63 points were scored.
Caden Meilner never expected to make it to the state cross country championship.
"This is something I do kind of on the side.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team completed the regular season last Saturday in the Bulldogs gym. While they fell in three sets to Meeker, the Bulldogs have much to look forward to.
For Hotchkiss senior Gratia Fisher, singing The Star-Spangled Banner ahead of Saturday's varsity volleyball game against Meeker was a little more challenging than most of her past performances. Not only was it the final game of the regular volleyball season, and possibly her final home game as a volleyball player, Fisher and her teammates had just distributed 50 light pink long-stemmed roses to people in the stands whose lives have been affected by cancer as part of the team's Dig Deep, Dig Pink volleyball breast cancer benefit.
The Bulldogs are going back to state.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 and finished second in the 2A Region 4 race last Friday at Confluence Park in Delta, qualifying for a return to this weekend's state championship race in Colorado Springs.
Football action in the 1A Western Slope Conference is only two weeks away from being complete, and teams are jockeying for position in the drive to the state playoffs.
The Paonia volleyball team recovered from a rough regular-season stretch and posted three straight 3-0 victories last week.
The Eagles rebounded to win five in a row since losing three of four matches in the middle of the season and have an overall record of 13-3.
The volleyball team from Hotchkiss High School got its first two wins of the season this past week, and it did it in dramatic fashion.
The Bulldogs won the fifth set 15-13 last Tuesday at home and defeated Caprock Academy for their first win.
The October sun made its presence felt and temperatures were almost as hot as the running by the time the boys' race got underway at the Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational last Friday.
Like the girls before them, the boys found the 5K lake course much to their liking and ripe for a personal record.
Delta paced Delta County's contingent of participants at the Pantherfest Cross Country Meet at Confluence Park.
Hotchkiss and Paonia did not have enough participants to warrant team scores in the event but did have individual runners in both the boys' and girls' competition.
Hotchkiss got just what it needed for Homecoming.
Wade Katzdorn scored four touchdowns, the Bulldogs snagged three consecutive onside kicks and Hotchkiss scored early and often en route to a 61-0 Western Slope Conference win over Lake County last Friday night in Hotchkiss.
Action began in the 1A Western Slope Conference last Friday night in Cedaredge, and Delta County fans can anticipate great football games as local teams make their push for the playoffs.
Perennial rivals kicked off against each other when Cedaredge hosted Hotchkiss.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are still seeking their first win in high school volleyball this season, but their play in recent matches shows that victory is right around the corner.
The Bulldogs went to Cedaredge and played the red hot Bruins last Friday and while they fell in three sets, Hotchkiss showed that it has all the pieces for a solid team and the foundation for the future is strong.
Today is the day Hotchkiss freshmen will whitewash "H" as part of traditional Homecoming festivities. At 9 a.m., prior to painting, a group of volunteers and Hotchkiss alumni will begin efforts to reconstruct the hillside letter, which measures roughly 25 feet in width and 100 feet in length.
Hotchkiss High School is a flurry of activities this week as the Bulldogs celebrate Homecoming week. This year's theme is "Super Heroes."
Personal records were set in droves last Friday as runners got a chance to race on an almost perfectly flat 5k course around Sweitzer Lake at the Pantherfest Cross Country Invitational.
Conditions were even better for the girls squads, who ran their race under brilliant blue sky with a late morning breeze as escort.
The old Hotchkiss versus Paonia rivalry was rekindled in high school volleyball last Tuesday night in a match in Paonia's gym.
While the veteran Eagles showed they are still the top team in the region, Hotchkiss demonstrated solid teamwork, a strong team attitude and proved that the young Bulldogs are getting better every match.
Monte Vista's Pirates came into last week's contest against Hotchkiss with a 1-1 record and in third place behind Center, 3-0, and Dolores, 2-1.
The Pirates' win elevated Monte Vista's record to 2-1 and it remains in third place in the 1A Southern Peaks League.
A new chapter was written in an old rivalry at the Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational girls' race last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
Hotchkiss senior Mae Anderson cruised to a first-place finish, completing the hilly course in the adobes behind the high school less than 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chelsea Meilner of Paonia.
Three Delta County high schools saw vastly improved performances from their boys' cross country teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
The hilly 5k course got hotter as the day went on, and the boys ran the final test of the event. Montrose standout Ian Meek was the overall winner for the second week in a row, and he did it in impressive fashion.
Hotchkiss High School has a new principal, but Paul Rodriguez is hardly a stranger to the Delta County school system.
Rodriguez brings more than 20 years of experience in education to the school. He began teaching high school math and science at Mancos, then taught those subjects for six years at Paonia High School.
The Hotchkiss High School football team is going through some growing pains, but the young Bulldogs are learning along the way, and they are not going to roll over for anybody.
In a scintillating and often frustrating home opener at Hotchkiss last Friday night, the visiting Olathe Pirates stormed back from a late deficit to force overtime and beat the Bulldogs 29-27.
A young core of Bulldogs is supplemented by one outstanding senior, making the Hotchkiss boys' cross country team a potential force to be reckoned with.
The Bulldogs finished 10th in the team standings at the Delta Invitational last Friday at Confluence Park and are content to build a strong foundation that will hopefully peak at regionals and state.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team finished fourth in the state last year and early results this season show that the Bulldogs might well be among 2A's best once again.
Senior Mae Anderson finished second overall, and the Bulldogs made a strong showing at the Delta Cross Country Invitational last Friday morning at Confluence Park.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had no opening- game butterflies during Zero Week last Friday, going on a seven hour road trip to Ignacio and winning 43-0.
What a difference a year makes.
Hotchkiss football coach Mike Sirko began his second season last week, and already the Bulldogs are showing signs of improvement.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team has a new coach and a new outlook this season.
After a fabulous finish at state last year and with some of the best senior running talent in the region returning, the Hotchkiss High School cross-country team begins the season with high hopes.
Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.
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